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NEWS ROUNDUP 8 Dec 2017

Australia celebrates legalization of same sex marriage

Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria

As soon as in January, we will witness the first same-sex marriages in Australia. The country is celebrating this step towards equality with an outburst of joy. Almost everyone is on board, including the conservative Prime Minister.

Austria Aha moments

Why this story matters:

LGBT, human rights, politics

"Australia has made it! What a day for love, for equality, for respect!" declared the conservative PM, Malcolm Turnbull, following the parliament’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Turnbull also voted “Yes”, just like 146 out of 150 MPs.

After the vote, it seemed that the entire parliament in Canberra, the capital, was cheering. Liberal MP, Warren Entsch, was spotted dancing with labor MP, Linda Burney, and lifting her with joy. The supporters of the equality campaign celebrated on the streets. If you would like to see those scenes of pure joy captured in photo's, today's recommended article is full of them.

Details from the story:

  • In a referendum in Australia, 61.6% of voters backed the introduction of same-sex marriage. On Thursday, the parliament sealed the deal.
  • The new law will come into force in January.
  • Homosexual couples are now able to marry in more than 20 Western democracies.
  • Just a couple of days ago in Austria, the Constitutional Court legalized marriage for all.

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